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Crackdown on impunity: DPP’s Viola arrested for pawning government vehicle

Nankhumwa and Viola at Chikwawa Police Station

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Police in Chikwawa district have arrested Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member Gerald Viola for using a government vehicle as collateral to obtain a loan from a Ngabu based usury businessman.  

Southern Region Police spokesperson Ramsy Mshani has confirmed.

Viola, who is the deputy chief executive officer of the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA), is reportedly to have pawned the government vehicle last year.

But this week some officials from the Office of the President and Cabinet identified the vehicle at Ngabu Trading Centre and they immediately reprted the matter to police so that they can confiscate it.

the missing car

According to OPC officials, the original number plate of the vehicle— a black Toyota Camry—is MG489AE but the loan shark changed it to ZA 8831.

As a DPP sympathizer, viola was today morning visited by by Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa.

Nankhumwa also visited Ward councilor Jomo Osman at Limbe Police Station before proceeding to Chikwawa.

Jomo Osman: re-arrested

Osman has been re-arrested on accusations that he assaulted UTM party members and former legislature Allan Ngumuya in Blantyre.

He is also being accused of assaulting a boy for wearing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) cloth ahead of the May 2019 tripartite elections.

Osman was granted bail last week by the Blantyre Magistrate Court when he was charged with malicious damage and theft contrary to section 344(1) and 278 of the Penal Code.

During the campaign period the Tonse Alliance promised to end impunity in government by arresting all government-sponsored criminals and all looters and plunders of the public resources.

Yesterday 12 police officers were arrested in connection with the death of murder suspect Buleya Lule who died in police custody.

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) official Rosa Mbilizi is also behind bars for abusing her office.

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Maneno Chimulala
Maneno Chimulalahttps://www.maravipost.com
I am a journalist, educator, and activist with passion for telling stories about social justice, sports and political issues. I graduated from Mzuzu University. I started my career at the Maravi Post online publication in 2012 as an intern while in college. Upon graduating from Mzuzu University I was offered a job as Sports Reporter because of my background as a goalkeeper and rose to the position of sub editor. I also had a short stint with Nyasatimes, Malawi Punch and Malawi Digest. Over the past seven years, I have worked intimately with rural organizations and communities in Malawi on human rights, girl child education and grassroots development projects. With an academic background in education, I also volunteer as male champion for girls’ education under Girls Empowerment Networks (GENET) in Malawi’s South West Education Division (SWED).
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